New Living Translation
Can people make their own gods? These are not real gods at all!"
King James Bible
Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods?
Darby Bible Translation
Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no-gods?
World English Bible
Shall a man make to himself gods, which yet are no gods?
Young's Literal Translation
Doth man make for himself gods, And they -- no gods?
Jeremiah 16:20 Parallel
CommentaryJeremiah 16:20 Parallel Commentaries
Before you Gentiles knew God, you were slaves to so-called gods that do not even exist.
Their idols are merely things of silver and gold, shaped by human hands.
And they have thrown the gods of these nations into the fire and burned them. But of course the Assyrians could destroy them! They were not gods at all--only idols of wood and stone shaped by human hands.
Has any nation ever traded its gods for new ones, even though they are not gods at all? Yet my people have exchanged their glorious God for worthless idols!
"How can I pardon you? For even your children have turned from me. They have sworn by gods that are not gods at all! I fed my people until they were full. But they thanked me by committing adultery and lining up at the brothels.
King Nebuchadnezzar made a gold statue ninety feet tall and nine feet wide and set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon.
The people have appointed kings without my consent, and princes without my knowledge. By making idols for themselves from their silver and gold, they have brought about their own destruction.
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